While Android as an ecosystem is pretty much on par with iOS in most aspects, one of the quibbles that remain and continue to hurt most Android users is the lack of uniformity in Android versions across the various devices that are running the OS. This is especially true for most low end and budget smartphones with most of them being stuck with Android versions that are at times a couple of notches below from the latest and greatest versions. To illustrate our point, how many low end Android devices run Android 4.4 KitKat despite the fact, one of the major selling points of the KitKat update was that it is less memory intensive, which means a smoother and relatively lag free performance on stock Android devices with 512 MB of RAM or above.
So, what are the five budget devices that come with Android 4.4, which is the latest Android version out of the box? Here are our picks. And just to clarify, the demarcation line that we are using for a budget smartphone is Rs 25,000 mark. So these are the devices that you would want to consider if you have a budget constraint and yet want the latest Android version on your device too:
LG L90 was announced earlier this year as LG continues its climb up the ladder of popularity when it comes to the world of personal technology. With resounding success that the LG G2, Nexus 5 and G Pro were, LG introduced the L series for those who are in for a budget device. The L90 is just that and for Rs 17,000 you get a solid device. The phone comes with a 4.7 inch screen with an IPS display which sadly is only 540 x 960 in resolution. You would expect at that price the device to feature an HD display minimum in this day and age. The L90 does come with KitKat out of the box though and is powered by a Quad Core Snapdragon SoC with each core running at 1.2 GHz with 1 GB of RAM. The battery on board is rated at 2540 mAh.
Karbonn may not be the household name that Samsung or HTC or perhaps even a Sony is, but there is no doubt that they are upping the ante on their game. The Karbonn Titanium Hexa is as well a spec’d device as you can think of in the Rs 17,000 region. The device will be available exclusively via Amazon and the pre booking went online on 13th of May. The device has a Full HD 1080 P 5.5 inch display. The device runs Android Kitkat 4.4.2 out of the box which looks relatively stock. We have obviously not experienced the phone to comment on that more. Though the device does come with a Hexacore Mediatek MT6591 SoC with 2 GB RAM and a 13 MP Rear Camera.
Motorola Moto G
The champion of budget category, the Moto G is one of the cheapest phone on the list and perhaps delivers the most power packed performances. The Moto G is a rugged device with a 4.5 inch 720 P display. Available only via Flipkart is a problem though as you will not be able to pick the phone from a regular brick and mortar shop. The device comes with Snapdragon 400 SoC with 1 GB of RAM and you have an option between 8 or 16 GB internal memory on the device with no expansion slot present. There is a 5 MP rear camera but it suitable mainly for shots in richly lit conditions and nothing beyond.
Motorola Moto X
The elder and fancier brother of the Moto G is Moto X. The device is one of the best Android smartphones out there as far as the performances go. Moto X successfully broke the myth that you need a quad core chip and large GB of RAM to deliver a drool worthy performance. With Always Listening and Easy Launch Camera feature, the device has enough software tweaks over pretty much a stock looking Android UI. The Moto X is the most expensive device on the list for Rs 25,000 on our list, though you can get it for about Rs 20,000 if you are willing to exchange your old smartphone for the Moto X. Add in, if you want a bit of unique look for your device, you can get the same with the Moto X thanks to the availability of several colours and a wooden variant too. On the Specs front, the Moto X comes with a 4.7 inch 720 P display and a Dual Core Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon chip with 2 GB or RAM and 10 MP rear Camera and fixed 16 GB storage.
LG L70 is the younger and perhaps a shorter sibling of the L90. The device has very similar specs to the L90, but is a little more affordable at about 14K mark. The device also has a shorter 4.5 inch display which has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. No doubt the display is very underwhelming especially when you consider the likes of Moto G above. But if you are in to trying out the whole LG feature set such as knock code etc, you will enjoy the L70. Other specs of the device include a Dual Core Qualcomm MSM8210 Snapdragon 200 chip with 1 GB of RAM, 5 MP Rear Camera and 4 GB of internal storage with expansion possible thanks to a Micro SD slot.
The newest player in the arena, Motorola Moto E is the best option for those who are looking for a sub Rs 10,000 Android device that runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat. The device is available for Rs 6,999 from Flipkart only. The specs of the phone include qHD 4.3 inch display, 1 GB of RAM, a Dual Core Snapdragon 200 SoC and a 5 MP Camera without any rear one. The internal memory of the device is 4 GB with expansion possible thanks to an external Micro SD card. The device also comes with interchangeable back panels like the Moto G and is one of the hottest selling devices currently. It is in fact a perfect phone for those especially who are looking to step into the world of Android for the very first time.
So, as of May 15th, those are the budget smartphones with Android KitKat 4.4. We would like to go on record to say, that the prices mentioned in the post are the average pricing based on the market at the time. These are likely to fluctuate, in either directions and we advise our readers to do a thorough check on the pricing before picking the phones.